Kids In Teams

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Sport Solidarity Project - Rio De Janeiro

Steve Jenkins - Friday, October 03, 2014

Marcos Carvalho - reporting from the outskirts of Rio

It was an unforgettable encounter for about 30 young people participating in the Sport Solidarity project. These children and adolescents living on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and through sport they learned social skills. It was just an experience like this that the group had with the modest team Exeter from the fourth tier English League. The small Club was the first opponent of the Brazilian National Soccer team in 1914. The Canary Team won  2 -0 and so as to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this game, the English Club returned to Brazil

Children of the Sport Solidarity project don't know how to speak English, but they could communicate though football.  The midfielder Lian Sercombe had a similar childhood as some of these children. He was born in a simple neighborhood, and through football managed to grow as a citizen and built better future his family. 

Each boy had an opportunity to score during the training and all the Exeter players tried to motivate the children to not give up on your dreams. 

The assistant coach MEL GWINNETT said that contact with Brazilians was very important. It's a way for the boys feel more valued, interact with a different culture and above all, the players learned a lot from humble boys behaviour.

The kids loved the meeting. Football really is a great tool to integrate and unite different people as different generations, said one of the teachers of the Project. 

After that, They hope a new visit in the future. Many of these young guys are no longer in the project. Maybe they're already in Universade. Some of the more English will no longer be at the club, but there is the certainty that while visiting new happens, football will help them all to be better citizens.
CHAT commented on 09-Dec-2014 09:26 AM
Very interesting topic, thank you for posting.

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